Website access to kasi organisations

2017-06-08 06:01
Thembile Qondile at the launch of the KhayaWeb Campaign. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Thembile Qondile at the launch of the KhayaWeb Campaign. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Khayelitsha will finally get its own website where access to organisations and businesses will be made possible.

This is only if, Whizz IT Centre in Site C, gets the funding it requires for the project to be a go. On Thursday, the internet and computer training organisation launched their online fundraising campaign.

According to the founder of the centre, Thembinkosi Qondela, they partnered with web development company Penguin Collective to train 24 youths to web design.

Out of the 24 9 managed to finish the rigorous course over a year and they were the ones tasked with building the website.

“This website is a dream I have had since 2008 and I’m very happy now that we are actually doing something to make it happen,” he said at the launch held at the Blue Hall near the Kuwait Taxi Rank.

He said that they have established an online fundraising campaign where they are targeting R270000 to build the site.

“There is a different side to Khayelitsha than what is currently portrayed in the media. There are so many people doing good things in Khayelitsha.

We have people running NGOs and small businesses making a difference but they are not given the spotlight. There is no access to those people and with this website,” he explained.

Qondela challenged locals and businesses to also chip in towards the construction of this website to make it a reality.

“Donation does not need to be in monetary value but you can also give in kind. If you have skill or resources then you can offer that as well. We need as much help as we can get,” he said.

Yoleka Galada, a resident from Site C, is one of the nine students that managed to complete the course.

She said that as difficult as it was for it was a great experience and that she was proud of the initiative.

“This is a big step for Khayelitsha as it will give us an opportunity to showcase it to the whole world. As we are inviting people to support what do donors get?

Well, everyone that donates will be noted on the website, businesses that donated will in return get featured on the website for a period of a year. The least amount you can donate is R75 via the website,” she said.

You can find more information on the campaign on the Whizz IT Centre Facebook page.

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